Winners and honorees will be announced at the annual WTW Women in Drones luncheon taking place on Wednesday, August 29th, during the InterDrone conference in Dallas, Texas. Here are the categories that Women and Drones wishes to recognize this year along with their requirements:
- Education ? the nominee must be a K-12 grade educator currently teaching elementary, middle, or high school-level students. The educator must promote the use of drones in their classrooms as part of a STEM, robotics, or after school club/program.
- Entrepreneurship ? the nominee must be the founder of the business or have been critical to its growth. Previous honorees will be considered if involved in a venture different from one that was recognized in the past.
- Leadership ? the nominee must have demonstrated leadership involving people, events, programs, projects and/or teams within the UAS/UAM industry.
- Public Safety ? the nominee must be an employee or an official volunteer of a public safety/service organization. They also need to be actively involved in the use of UAS for their organization or instrumental to the development/advancement of public safety or public service UAS at the local, state, and/or national level.
- Humanitarian ? this team award category recognizes co-ed teams within an organization making an impact by using drones for humanitarian efforts. Teams must include women actively engaged in the project, initiative, or leadership positions.
- Innovation ? this co-ed team award recognizes organizations leading drone innovation initiatives. Teams must include women actively engaged in the project, initiative, or leadership positions.
Past honorees include Dawn Zoldi, Gail Orenstein, Fiona Lake, Jes Chosid, and Gretchen West. Nominees must be submitted by form through the Women and Drones site. Individuals can be nominated here. Team nominations can be submitted here. The deadline to nominate a woman or team is Thursday, May 14, 2020. Make sure you read through the guidelines before submitting your suggestions. “In recognizing the achievements of a few, we hope to motivate many,” says the Women and Drones team.